The Hohe Weide synagogue in Hamburg Germany was the site of an attack against a Jewish man on Sunday. The attacker used a shovel and wore army fatigues. The 29 year old attacker was not identified.
This comes one year after a deadly assault outside of another German synagogue on Yom Kipur.
The victim, a 26 year old man, wore a yarmulke when he was attacked as he was exiting the synagogue. Security guards stepped in and the unidentified victim of the attack was sent to the hospital with serious head injuries.
According to Germany’s DPA news agency the man had a piece of paper with a swastika in his pocket.
“This is not a one-off case, this is vile anti-Semitism and we all have to stand against it,” the German foreign minister stated.
“As we mark the one-year anniversary of the Yom Kippur attack in Halle, Germany, which left two dead, I am saddened to learn that once again, this time on the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, a German Jewish community is confronting a violent, antisemitic act of terror,” World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder said in a statement.
“We must ask ourselves, and German local and national authorities must address the question – why does this keep happening? Why is anti-Semitism thriving, and why does anyone believe there is room for such hate?” Lauder added. “Our young people must not learn from those who hate. The German government must take responsibility in strengthening education so that the next generation understands that hatred of any kind is never permissible. The long-term viability of Jewish life in Germany depends on it.”